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Ethiopian Israelis

last monday afternoon (27th february), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (partly repeated on pick of the week on sunday evening)
a troubled homecoming (1st of 5 episodes of the neither here nor there series, about mass migration) (presented by writer academic and diplomat david dabydeen)

“Persecuted in the 1980s, tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews have been airlifted to Israel under that country’s Law of Return.



Witness: Operation Solomon

this morning (wednesday 25th), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
the israeli airlift of ethiopian jews (in the witness series) (presented by alex last)

“In May 1991, at the end of Ethiopia’s civil war, 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel in just 36 hours during “Operation Solomon”.
An ancient Jewish community had lived in Ethiopia for centuries but amid war and famine, many tried to reach Israel. In 1984, Israel had rescued thousands of Ethiopian Jews from refugee camps in Sudan, Operation Solomon was meant to bring the remaining Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
We hear from • Daniel Nadawo, an Ethiopian Israeli, about his memories of the dramatic airlift.”


Anti-semitism on the left

yesterday evening (thursday 19th), 8.00-8.30pm, on bbc radio 4
anti-semitism on the left (presented by david aaronovitch) (in the the briefing room series)

(Kerry-Anne Mendoza 0:18:26) “The Comparison of Israel to Nazism or the atrocities of the Third Reich. What evidence is there for that? Well, what other state in the world do I know of in the present day has been behind the forced sterilisation of Jewish women? That would be Israel, It was applying Depo Pravera**, long-term contraceptive injections, to Ethiopian Jewish women. I think that’s an anti-semitic act. I think it has horrific echoes of some of the atrocities, not all of them, some of the atrocities perpetrated by the Third Reich, and I think it’s right to call that out. I would call that out in any state anywhere in the world where Jewish women or any other group of women were subject to forcible sterilisation to prevent some sort of racial dilution, which was the theory behind that process. Do I think it’s helpful for people to go around willy-nilly attempting to bait Jewish people by calling them Nazis? Absolutely not. But do I think there is some evidential case for saying there are echoes here of some the worst behaviour that we have committed in Europe? Yes I do.”

** Depo Pravera is a 3-month contraceptive


Saving Ethiopian Jews

this afternoon (sunday 13th), 1.15-1.45m, on bbc 1
saving the forgotten jews (presented by tracy-ann oberman) (more…)

Newshour: Ethiopian Jews

this afternoon (sunday 17th), 1.44-1.49pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

The rioters were Ethiopian Israelis, Jews who were rescued from the insecurities of their region in a series of israeli airlifts that made headlines around the world starting in the 1980s. Kevin Connolly looks back and asks, what’s gone wrong?

with contributions from …
fentahun assefa-dawit, director of ethiopian advocacy group tebeka
• former military pilot uri dromi
• ethiopian activist itai katamba ishtu (more…)

Ethiopian Israelis

this afternoon (thursday 7th), 3.44-3.56pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
world have your say (talk programme, presented by chloe tilley) concludes with …

“Also, the conversation among Ethiopian Israelis following the protests there at the weekend.”

including contributions from …
• anthropology professor Gadi Ben Ezer, author of the ethiopian jewish exodus
• bbc reporter ben james
• young ethiopian israeli artist zav dito
sigal, who runs a project to help ethiopian israelis find a job
roni akale, director-general of the ethiopian national project (more…)

Newshour: Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate

this afternoon (monday 4th), 2.42-2.48pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james coomarasamy) includes …

“The protesters were members of the country’s Ethiopian community who took to the streets of Tel Aviv. The video showed the beating of Damas Pakada, an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent.”

with contributions from …
• police spokesman micky rosenfeld
• president reuven rivlin
• deputy mayor mehereta baruch-ron
• bbc reporter kevin connolly (more…)

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